Uniontown shooter once accused of 'acts of extreme cruelty,' prior domestic violence charges

Posted at 5:24 PM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 18:56:43-04

The Uniontown man who was shot to death after critically injuring a police officer responding to a domestic disturbance call was once accused of "acts of extreme cruelty."

Police say Ryan Allen Probst shot Uniontown Sgt. David White — who responded to a call from the home once before in 2014 — four times.

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Police have not identified the alleged domestic violence victim, but court records reveal Probst's wife filed for divorce in 2014 and alleged her husband was responsible for "acts of gross neglect of duty and extreme cruelty."

The September 2014 divorce filing followed an August 2014 domestic violence call describing Probst as a "man with a gun" and listing victims as his 19-year-old wife and 10-month-old baby girl.

The divorce case was dropped four months later after Probst's wife opted to withdraw her petition.

But records also show police were called to the same home in October 2014 to check on the infant's welfare who was found "to be fine" and "sleeping."

The officer responding that night was Sgt. David White, the same officer police say Probst shot four times and who remains in critical condition.

And in a bizarre incident just last month, Uniontown police responded to a neighbor who alleged that Probst was "coming onto her property" and "attempting to fight with her cat."